In UFC 201 results, Tyron Woodley dethroned Robbie Lawler with perfectly placed right hand. Woodley dropped Lawler and followed it up with more strikes enough for the referee to intervene to award Woodley the UFC Welterweight Championship title.
The fight started a little slow as both men were trying to find their groove. It looked like that Lawler was putting pressure on Woodley (through his presence) at the start but that quickly reversed ?as Woodley began to take the center of the Octagon forcing Lawler to circle out of danger.
The fight went on like this until a tie up that referee Dan Miragliotta questionably broke off pretty quick. From then on, it looked like the action settled into Woodley pressing Lawler away from the center of the cage again as Lawler opted to throwing straight kicks to the body to maintain distance. This would have been the right game plan for Lawler as Woodley is known for explosiveness and ability to close the distance effectively with strikes or for takedowns.
Woodley seemed to have threatened Lawler with level changes and jabs to the body. These faints have probably set up the big right that landed flush that signaled the beginning of the end of the (first?) Lawler era.
Fight insiders have pegged that Lawler would gain the advantage if it went past the first round. Conor McGregor?s coach John Kavanagh is one of them, he tweeted:
Woodley has to try and take out Robbie in the 1st….if it goes past that the Ruthless one will prevail.
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) July 31, 2016
Stephen ?Wonderboy? Thompson who is expected to take the next crack at the title was also excited to witness the fight.
After the finish, he marveled at the big right hand that caught his potential opponent–that he may have preferred to fight over Woodley.
Awesome fight and a monster right hand by @TWooodley congrats!!
— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) July 31, 2016
A Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson fight may look more interesting on paper than a fight with Thompson and Lawler. This fight, folks, is something that we fight fans are most likely to get–hopefully later this year. Check the replay of the fight here.
In other UFC 201 results news, Karolina Kowalkiewicz defeated Rose Namajunas by a controversial split decision. This was not a controversy questioning the win declaration for Kowalkiewicz but a controversy that questions the awarding of the win by one judge to Rose Namajunas. You can check the reply here.
In the welterweight scrap between Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger, Brown was tagged early and was mauled by the ?Juggernaut?. Ellenberger secured a TKO win over an ever-dangerous and exciting fighter in Brown by a kick to the body and punches in 1:46 mark of the first round. This win seems to revitalize Jake Ellenberger?s career. Check the full fight replay here.
In other bouts in the main card, Erik Perez won a unanimous decision over an exciting bout of Francisco Rivera. Perez won the entertaining bout and may have won fans over. He looked as if he had taken a few tricks off training partner and UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz?s book. He looked good when he was technical and certainly held his own fighting in the pocket. Replay of the fight is here.
In the flyweight tilt between Fredy Serrano and Ryan Benoit, Benoit defeated Serrano via a split decision after three rounds of fighting.
This has been your UFC 201 results news. Stay tuned for more UFC updates.